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‘Eclipse’ Director Says Blu-ray, DVD Has Plenty for Fans

3 Dec, 2010 By: Ashley Ratcliff

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Legions of fans flocked to theaters to see Eclipse, the third installment of the megahit “Twilight” saga, and that same enthusiastic response is anticipated as the Blu-ray Disc and DVD of the film hit store shelves Dec. 4.

To commemorate the occasion that so many “Twihards” are eagerly awaiting, retailers, such as Hastings Entertainment, are planning release parties worldwide culminating with the Blu-ray and DVD launch at 12:01 a.m. Summit Entertainment will release Eclipse on a two-disc special edition DVD ($32.99), single-disc Blu-ray ($34.99), single-disc DVD ($28.99) and Blu-ray/DVD combo ($40.99).

“It’s going to be really for the fans,” said director David Slade. “Hopefully, if they liked it in the cinema, they’ll like it on DVD. There’s certainly tons of behind-the-scenes stuff that goes into the technical whys and hows.”

Deleted and extended scenes, with commentary from the director, are designed to provide a glimpse into some fan-favorite moments from the Stephenie Meyer book that didn’t make the final cut.

“When you have fans — who for them, this is something so much greater than just a movie — it’s respectful to give them the explanation as to why you had to take out things,” Slade said.

In Eclipse, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is forced to choose between her love for Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and her friendship with Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), intensifying the ever-waging feud between vampire and werewolf that also captivated audiences in Twilight and New Moon.

Departing from the literary work with certain aspects was essential to make the best film possible, Slade said.

“One of the things that I was very conscious of … was to serve the cinematic version of the story first — not to spend too much time referencing or dwelling upon things,” he said. “It was more about being in the moment and creating a clear picture that I had in my head.”

Other extra features that will allow fans to delve deeper into Eclipse include Edward and Jacob fast-forwards, which allow viewers to exclusively review the scenes starring their preferred male love interest; two separate audio commentaries with lead actors Pattinson and Stewart, and Meyer and producer Wyck Godfrey; a six-part making-of documentary; a photo gallery; music videos and more.

Missing from the bonus material, however, is an audio commentary from Slade, who said he hasn’t done one for any of his films since his directorial debut, Hard Candy. He rates Eclipse as his second-favorite project next to that film.

“You go through this intensely emotional experience [during filming], and you sit there in this room watching this film and you’re having to comment, and you kind of reduce it down to a series of silly anecdotes — none of which have the gravity of everything you went through,” he said. “It’s a profoundly disappointing thing to do.”

Slade said his personal measure of success isn’t based on financial gain — Eclipse took in more than $300 million at the U.S. box office — but, rather, how close he came to executing his vision. By that standard, the British director said he has achieved his goal.

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